From the department of technology
public schools ~
“Preparing Students for success”
- As you may recall this
upcoming school year is our last contract year with Sungard Pentamation
for electronic Student and Financial Services. We are currently in a consortium contract
with 14 other school districts in the Lane ESD. Mrs. Heiss and I represent our district
in a collective committee that has been reviewing options. Several meetings and presentations
have been attended. Our options
have been narrowed to three:
continue with Sungard Pentamation, move to Willamette ESD’s
Pentamation product, or move to Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD’s Edvantage
Product. Worth noting, the new
contract may or may not be part of a consortium.
I have scheduled a meeting with the core Pentamation Users of our
district for next week to discuss our options.
A group consensus is desired. There
are several factors to consider. These
include: cost, serviceability, and ODE compatibility to list a few.
- Technology Committee update –
- Good progress continues to be
made by the committee. The updated
Strategic District Technology Plan is on track. Some updated language and expectations that
the revised plan will include are: staff training, technology
development, and student user agreements/conduct. The end product will continue to be a
dynamic document or guidepost for the district’s technology.
- In the coming weeks I will be
completing the annual “Technology
Plan Criteria for Oregon’s
Enhancing Education Through Technology (Title IID: Ed Tech) and E-rate
Discounts” report. This report, upon verification from ODE, qualifies
and meets compliance requirements for certain funding and discounts for
the upcoming year.
- A recent workshop was hosted by
the Technology Department for the building secretaries to develop best
practices for attendance tracking and reporting as it is related to our
ADM/funding. With the recent change
in our ADM reporting to the state this meeting was essential. You may recall a discussion on this
issue at last month’s board meeting.
The workshop was well received.
District-wide and ongoing
technology budget • Technology maintenance and upkeep
Curriculum support • Staff training on District’s technology